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Adversus naturam peccantes.[1]

Those sinning against nature.

EMBLEMA LXXX.

Turpe quidem dictu, sed & est res improba factu,
Excipiat siquis choenice ventris onus.
Mensuram, legisque modum hoc excedere sanctae est,
Quale sit incesto pollui adulterio.[2]

It is certainly foul as a deed but also a wicked thing to speak of, if someone were to empty the burden of his bowels into a bushel-box. This means exceeding the measure and limit of divine law as it would be defiled by impure adultery.

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1.  With thanks to the commentary supplied on the Memorial website.

2.  This emblem is omitted in most editions.

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